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An Exciting Display of Talent | 2014 APAP Showing at Peridance Capezio Center, Program B….

February 5, 2014
Peridance performing Igal Perry’s Infinity. Photo: Jaqlin Medlock

Peridance performing Igal Perry’s “Infinity”. Photo: Jaqlin Medlock

Due to a prior commitment at the Joyce (…which turned into a BIG disappointment…that’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back…) I was unable to make Program A of the 2014 APAP showing at Peridance Capezio Center, but I was able and determined to make Program B.

But, even able and determined, I was a tad late; well not really, I got there at exactly 4 pm and how was I to know that they would start the performance on time, exactly at 4 pm. I mean who does that…so, to whom ever that punctual person in charge of production was, I say grumble, grumble, gripe, gripe…

I missed Mettin Movement | Sarah Mettin’s Allegory: Aeon which I was looking forward to as I am a big admirer of her work. I did just catch the Mark Foehringer Dance Project’s emotionally charged performance of Mark Foehringer’s Another Time, of which I now want to see more of his work.

Unfortunately Natalie Deryn Johnson’s KEYp me (Excerpt) performed by Ms. Johnson and Nikki Holck I just did not get. The two women wore nude colored tunics with holes cut in them and over that a harness with a myriad of keys attached by long strings that clinked as they moved. A poorly recorded sound track of mixed voices talking at the same time was heard in the background. It was basically two solos performed at the same time with little or no interaction. The work was just way over thought, less is more…

The Men of Goran M. Subotic’s Mystic Ballet performing Lauren Edson’s "Imaginary Love." Photo: Jaqlin Medlock

The Men of Goran M. Subotic’s Mystic Ballet performing Lauren Edson’s “Imaginary Love.” Photo: Jaqlin Medlock

From Connecticut Goran M. Subotic’s Mystic Ballet performed Lauren Edson’s Imaginary Love. Ting-Yu Tsai wearing a red dress is surrounded by four men bare-chested in black pants and red jackets. Ms. Edson’s choreography flowed smoothly and had a balletic overtone. The trio for three men was very athletic with one jumping and the other two catching him. Ervin Vallecillo must be mentioned for his passionate stand-out performance. Bravo Mr. Vallecillo…

It is no secret that I am a major fan of Takehiro Ueyama and Take Dance. Though I was not overly fond of the company’s fall performance at Symphony Space it did not dampen my fervor for Mr. Ueyama’s work and Breaking News, an excerpt of Salaryman, is a prime example of why. The choreography is some of Take’s best. It is a controlled chaos that borders on the verge of manic. Suspense is felt from the opening moments of Breaking News as the dancers run hectically across the stage wearing casual business attire while reading the newspaper. It’s like Penn Station at rush hour…an excellent work and a must see for anyone unaware of Take Ueyama and Take Dance…

The choreography for Yoshito Sakuraba’s Lullaby to Mr. Adam (Excerpt) was fast paced and very athletic. I passed up the opportunity to see this work in its entirety and after seeing this excerpt I must say that I now regret doing so. Violence, death by violence, loss and regret haunt the work. Guanglei Hui dancing was expressive and you feel his powerful presence the moment he steps on stage. He is the type of dancer that can say so much with his body and even when perfectly still.  The choreography is complex and fully utilizes the whole body. It’s an interesting work and compelling to watch. Tsai-Hsi Hung must be mentioned for her outstanding performance.

Kaitlyn Gilliland and Alfredo Solivan performed a duet from Emery LeCrone’s Divergence. It was performed en pointe and beautifully danced. Ms. LeCrone’s merger of her choreography with Joby Talbot’s Falling, for electric cello was hypnotic and the way she approaches the body in space gave true evidence of her incredible musicality. Ms. Gilliland and Mr. Solivan were both superb technicians and both gave expressive performances.

Abarukas in Yoshito Sakuraba’s Lullaby to Mr. Adam. Photo: Jaqlin Medlock

Abarukas in Yoshito Sakuraba’s “Lullaby to Mr. Adam”. Photo: Jaqlin Medlock

Peridance performed Igal Perry’s Infinity. Mr. Perry’s choreography displays a maturity lacking in some of the other pieces. His devotion to his craft and his attention to music is evident in Infinity and together, created a sense of serenity, a nod to the divine.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet is one of my favorite companies for a reason and that reason lies not just in the company’s selection of choreography but also the brilliant execution that the company dancers always deliver in each performance.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Terk Waters in Jae Mon Joo’s Flight. Photo: Jaqlin Medlock

Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Terk Waters in Jae Mon Joo’s “Flight”. Photo: Jaqlin Medlock

So it was of no surprise to me that the evening’s pièce de résistance was Terk Waters’ performance in Jae Mon Joo’s Flight.  To witness Mr. Waters on stage, his every move, his every gesture is a glimpse into perfection. I have said it before and I shall say it again, I truly believe there is greatness in Terk Waters. Throughout the history of dance, in each succeeding generation of dancers you will find those ultimate artists that when on stage their performances are inspired, a witness of the divine and Mr. Waters is among that group….

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